The last privately-owned migrant rescue ship operating on the central Mediterranean trafficking route is making its final journey to the port of Marseille. Before setting off, rescuers transferred 58 shipwrecked people to the Maltese coastguard.
Humanitarian group SOS Mediterranee says it has relaunched migrant rescues off Libya, seven months after it was forced to abandon its activities. The new mission comes after a standoff between Italy and Sea-Watch 3.
Rome has blocked the entry of Italian and German vessels carrying more than 110 migrants. The decision paves the way for another standoff with migrant rescue groups after one ship recently forced its way into Lampedusa.
Officials have denied German-flagged rescue ship Alan Kurdi access to Malta's territorial waters to prevent it from docking at Maltese ports. The ship, operated by the Sea-Eye charity, has 65 migrants on board.
German Interior Minister Seehofer has urged his Italian counterpart Salvini to open ports to boats carrying rescued migrants. A rescue boat docked without permission in Lampedusa and another is headed to Malta.
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